This red blend was created as a tribute to Rutherford Wine Company’s commitment to sustainable growing practices, the company says. Named after the ladybug, the spotted “Predator” that protects the vineyards from harmful critters like aphids, the wine derives from Lodi, California.
Predator is a blend of 48% Petite Sirah, 30% Zinfandel and 22% Malbec. It’s a 2015 vintage, aged in French oak.
On the nose are raspberry jam, caramel and cinnamon toast, the company says, while oak integration provides silky tannins and spice to match Lodi’s wild berry fruit on the palate.
The ABV is 13.5% and the suggested retail price is $16 per 750-ml bottle. Packaged in the same bottle design, Six Spot Red Wine joins Predator’s Old Vine Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon this spring on wine shelves.
Six Spot Red Wine joins a growing category of $15+ red blends that has experienced growth of 23% over the last year, the company says.